Marianne Williamson famously said “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.”
When I first read those words long ago I had to do a lot of soul-searching. Could her words really be true? It took me a long time before I could accept the truth of the words.
In my spiritual work over the years I’ve clearly seen how many folks, including me, do not let their light, their true selves shine. I don’t often quote the Bible, though there is a lot of wisdom in it. One of my favorite lines is from the Gospel of Matthew: “Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works….”
Years ago when I first started my work with Spirit, I rarely talked about it unless I knew someone was genuinely interested. That hesitation or fear severely limited me and my work—I was not letting my light shine. I certainly wasn’t willing to “go public” with it.
I always thought it was a fear of being inadequate. But now I realize—and this is true not only for me, but for many others—it was not fear of inadequacy but fear of greatness. Fearing to acknowledge how great we are, what bright shining lights we are.
To deny our gifts and talents to the world, especially to those who can benefit, is about the least spiritual thing we can do. This isn’t about bragging. It’s about false modesty. Even real modesty is not always appropriate.
My spirit guides have often said, to me and to others, that we need to celebrate and love ourselves and the work we’ve come to do in this lifetime. We certainly should not “hide our light under a bushel,” to refer to another biblical theme.
What about you? Do you “hide your light under a bushel?” Are you guilty of false modesty?
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